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Post  yellowhorse7 on July 8th 2014, 2:02 pm

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Post  maverick on July 8th 2014, 2:59 pm

If track bar location was the problem, I'd think the wobble would be evident on brand new trucks of all makes. That sounds like the aftermarket trying to sell a kit to me. If you're SURE that all front end parts are in good shape, I'd look a little further. This problem isn't unique to Super Dutys or Fords, either. This happens to all sorts of vehicles with various combinations of worn parts on various front end designs.

The last time I had this trouble, the problem was a combination of worn shocks and tire balance.
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Post  lghting94 on July 8th 2014, 3:10 pm

My guess would be shocks, swaybar endlinks bad, or bad trackbar bushings.
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Post  maverick on July 8th 2014, 4:03 pm

lghting94 wrote:My guess would be shocks, swaybar endlinks bad, or bad trackbar bushings.

Quite possible.

BTW, over the years I've seen this same wobble on a lot of different vehicles, both WITH and WITHOUT track bars, including A-arm cars, Twin-I Beam trucks and most recently, a Fox Mustang with race struts.
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Post  yellowhorse7 on July 8th 2014, 6:54 pm

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Post  cool40 on July 8th 2014, 7:25 pm

This design is like so many others, no adjustment of any kind.I have a 05 but never had any problems with it.
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Post  maverick on July 8th 2014, 7:34 pm

I sold my '03 SuperDuty with 241,000 miles on it. The only front end part I replaced was a steering damper. Never had the wobble in that truck.
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Post  lghting94 on July 8th 2014, 10:03 pm

My '02 has 265,000 and hasn't had the wobble but I have replaced the track bar, sway bar endlinks, and shocks were replaced before I got it.


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Post  83-88T-Bird Guy on July 8th 2014, 10:04 pm

The day I bought my 2004 F350 dually, I experienced the death wobble on the way home after buying the truck. (138K miles on the truck)

I put 6 new tires on the dually and have never experienced it since.

My brother's 2006 F250 CC short bed 4 wd does it also.

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Post  DILLIGASDAVE on July 8th 2014, 10:23 pm

Does Ford prefer different positive caster settings each side to get a truck to drive straight on a crowned road? Or do they prefer different camber settings each side to deal with the road crown? I can see where either method might cause a problem down the road after X amount of front end or tire wear.
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Post  whitefield on July 8th 2014, 11:02 pm

Here is something that might help ! http://wcmotorsport.com
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Post  dfree383 on July 8th 2014, 11:38 pm

I've owned five of them and have never once had an issue.
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Post  Barney on July 9th 2014, 12:20 am

My excursion did it. Turned out to be the hubs and halfshaft u joints.
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Post  richter69 on July 9th 2014, 12:27 am

Pile of shit.....,,,,
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Post  dfree383 on July 9th 2014, 12:44 am

Barney wrote:My excursion did it. Turned out to be the hubs and halfshaft u joints.

Wore out at how many miles?
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Post  Barney on July 9th 2014, 12:54 am

dfree383 wrote:
Barney wrote:My excursion did it. Turned out to be the hubs and halfshaft u joints.

Wore out at how many miles?
160 or so
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Post  bbf-falcon on July 9th 2014, 1:30 am

I've seen a few do it when the steering damper gets week.

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Post  whitefield on July 9th 2014, 8:21 am

Ford is all I have ever owned for 30 plus years and haven't had one to do that.

Dodge has it too ! Even the chevy trucks have it ! Hey they all have it !
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Post  yellowhorse7 on July 9th 2014, 8:27 am

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Post  yellowhorse7 on July 9th 2014, 8:27 am

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Post  dfree383 on July 9th 2014, 8:32 am

yellowhorse7 wrote:
whitefield wrote:Ford is all I have ever owned for 30 plus years and haven't had one to do that.

Dodge has it too ! Even the chevy trucks have it ! Hey they all have it !


So that means I should live with it?

Fix it..... They wear out too..... And stop Acting like its some kind of tragic manufacture defect that ford owes you something for.


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Post  YellowStangDuane on July 9th 2014, 8:43 am

If it's 2wd, tighten all the I-beam brackets on the frame (tighten everything, no matter 2wd or 4wd) 4x4, check the damper shock on the drag link, it's bent or leaking (or just wore out) Make sure everything in the suspension is good, tie rods, ball joints... Check front tires for any chopping, rotate if necessary. Might adjust gear box lash too. I worked for Ford until 2006, fixed plenty of these.
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Post  yellowhorse7 on July 9th 2014, 9:01 am

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Post  yellowhorse7 on July 9th 2014, 9:02 am

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Post  maverick on July 9th 2014, 9:39 am

I bet you'll find an oddball combination of causes. Over more years than I care to count Crying or Very sad , I've seen this symptom result from bad shocks, poor tire balance, bad steering box or rack, ball joints, drag link & tie rod ends, track bar bushings, botched alignment job, tires out of round, and on and on and.....  Arrow 

Best of luck with your search and keep us posted.
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